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NextHome hosts Military Relocation Professional Certification Course

NextHome hosts Military Relocation Professional Certification Course

Pleasanton, CA — June 9, 2021 — NextHome recently hosted the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification course designed for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. 

The MRP certification program educates REALTORS® on working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.

The training course was offered to NextHomies who attended the 2021 NextHome Virtual Conference as part of their admission ticket. Hosted by Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President, the virtually MRP training course was completed by 250 NextHomies. 

“I love how many of our members made the commitment to becoming certified as a Military Relocation Professional,” said Poladi. “With over 500 locations nationwide, our NextHome agents interact and assist with military families on a regular basis. I’m excited that our company will be able to assist these families with an even higher level of understanding and care.”

NextHome’s commitment to education is one of the pillars of the franchise’s offerings. Through certification courses, webinars, podcasts, workshops, and trainings, NextHome continually provides opportunities for members to expand their knowledge to better serve their communities. 

“As always, NextHome and Imran Poladi brought it home in this meaningful and timely certification class,” said Owen Freiburger, Owner of  NextHome Pro Realty. “The MRP certification is a designation that should be the goal of every working REALTOR®. Assisting and transitioning our military personnel and their families are responsibilities that should be taken with great care and diligence. This class prepared agents to be facilitators for the very best – our many people in service to the USA!”

Those who completed the certification course are thrilled to take their new learnings and implement the new tactics into their business right away. 

“I am proud that I can be of service to those who have served and protected our country,” said Michele Bass, Owner of NextHome Premier Properties. “I feel honored to be given the opportunity to get the MRP certification so that I can truly say I am invested in being able to give back to the ones who have served and given so much of themselves to our country. Thank you to all of our veterans and active military members.”

NextHome looks forward to hosting future NAR courses, and continually supporting the  education of all NextHome members in the ever-evolving real estate industry. 


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

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NextHome announces new Buffalo-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Buffalo-area brokerage

Jason Beck

Pleasanton, CA — June 3, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brixwood, based in Batavia, New York. The brokerage represents the 17th office location opened in New York for the NextHome franchise and the 579th NextHome office opened nationally.

Conveniently located between Buffalo and Rochester, Batavia is a charming community of about 7,000 people. From this location, NextHome Brixwood will serve clients from Buffalo in the west to the Finger Lakes Region about two hours east. Under the leadership of broker/owner Jason Beck, NextHome Brixwood has eventual plans for office expansion into both Buffalo and Rochester.

“I am very proud to be a part of NextHome,” Jason said. “I’m proud of what I’ve done over the course of my career and look forward to growing with NextHome through ethical and quality customer service.”

Jason began his career in 2011 in commercial real estate. Prior to 2011, Jason was a third-generation business owner in the dairy farm equipment industry. After successfully selling that business, Jason launched Rocket Commercial Real Estate. For the next three years, his company specialized in commercial transactions before expanding into residential and property management.

In 2013, he became a broker and founded Brixwood LLC. Although he initially intended to keep that brokerage small, Jason’s client-centered philosophy attracted several agents and more business. As his business grew, Jason’s available time for the truly important things shrank.

“I felt like I was missing out on a lot of opportunities because I was running around doing all the business tasks primarily by myself,” Jason explained. “It was time to take my business up a notch. I knew that I needed to align myself with better technology, better back-end support, and a bigger presence nationally. That’s why I decided to connect with NextHome.”

Today, Jason continues to attract superb agent talent to NextHome Brixwood through NextHome’s “Humans Over Houses” approach to real estate.

“NextHome is new in our market and will catch a lot of attention,” Jason said. “The franchise offers great technology and marketing, but more than that, it’s about centering support around real humans – the agents and clients.”

As NextHome Brixwood’s office of eight professional agents continues to expand, Jason is looking for caring REALTORS® who provide quality service and prioritize a great client experience over pure transaction count.

“A NextHome Brixwood agent takes their time with clients and is dedicated to building long-term relationships with the people they help,” Jason said. “It is the long game that is important to us here.”

When he isn’t in the office, Jason loves to spend time with his family. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for almost 20 years and they are the parents of three kids, Justice (26), Owen (21), and Gavin (16).

Please join us in congratulating Jason on the opening of NextHome Brixwood in Batavia, New York!


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome franchise brokers and teams graduate from rigorous MBA-style leadership program

NextHome franchise brokers and teams graduate from rigorous MBA-style leadership program

Pleasanton, CA — June 2, 2021 — T3 Fellows, the executive leadership program for real estate entrepreneurs passionate about dramatically growing their business, announced the graduates of another NextHome T3 Fellows graduating class. The MBA-like program from T3 Sixty delivers a year-long curriculum focused exclusively on business-specific solutions for the residential real estate brokerage industry and is delivered through an extensive one-on-one mentoring schedule, in-person mastermind workshops, and monthly web conferences.

The NextHome franchise business owners who have successfully completed the rigorous 12-month program and will be graduating in the spring 2021 class are as follows:

Left to right: Alex Krumm (NextHome Excellence | Sarasota, FL), Dave Faxel (NextHome Select Realty | New Lenox, IL), Garrick Olerud (NextHome Prime Real Estate | Westby, WI)
Left to right: Steven Burch (NextHome Unlimited | Junction City, KS), Stevie Krumm (NextHome Excellence | Sarasota, FL), Tom Smolinski (NextHome Champions | Holland, MI)

The T3 Fellows curriculum covers all vital aspects of building and expanding a real estate brokerage and agent team business. It targets growing brokerage and agent revenue by recruiting the agents that best match each organization, improving profitability by increasing agent sales, creating powerful branding and marketing programs, and leveraging lead generation and conversion for more sales.

“It has been an incredible pleasure for me to work with these outstanding NextHome franchise owners and entrepreneurs,” said Dean Cottrill, senior vice president at T3 Sixty and program director of the T3 Fellows program. “What a wonderful group of highly professional, growth-minded business leaders.”

“The T3 Fellows program has a track record that speaks for itself,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome vice president. “Each and every one of the brokers who made the commitment to this program has seen a positive increase in their business, in both production and agent morale. Anyone who makes the choice to participate in the T3 Fellows program is bound to succeed in a huge way.” 

In the increasingly complex and quickly shifting residential real estate industry, these NextHome T3 Fellows graduates are now ready to lead and grow their businesses more strategically. 

For more information on the program, visit

About T3 Fellows

The T3 Fellows program helps the leaders of brokerages and teams grow successful real estate organizations through a detailed, thorough curriculum, one-on-one consulting, in-person retreats and mentor support. The program provides a proven framework for success, supported by smart, accomplished cohorts and an experienced group of guides and mentors. To learn more about the program or apply, visit

About T3 Sixty

T3 Sixty is a trusted advisor and management consultancy in the residential real estate brokerage industry. T3 Sixty also provides extensive data services and research to affect intelligent change and growth. For more, visit


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Orlando-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Orlando-area brokerage

Yari Villarrubia

Pleasanton, CA — June 2, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Family 1st Realty, based in Kissimmee, Florida. The brokerage represents the 85th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 578th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just south of Orlando, NextHome Family 1st Realty will serve clients throughout St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, South Orlando, Lake Nona, Winter Gardens, and the remainder of Osceola and Orange counties.

The brokerage is owned by Yari Villarrubia, who brings broad real estate industry experience to her new venture.

Before becoming a licensed sales agent, Yari operated a property preservation business, working with National Property Preservation Companies as a vendor. Throughout her time in that industry, she worked closely with several REO brokers who encouraged her to get her real estate license.

In 2013, Yari obtained her sales license and joined a local boutique brokerage. Throughout the years, Yari’s sales expertise grew as she worked with various small independent brokerages.

In 2017, she joined Offerpad, an iBuyer that purchases homes for cash in an effort to streamline and expedite the selling process. While there, Yari held various roles within the company. Yari gained experience as a listing consultant, Acquisition project manager, home marketing consultant, as well as working the new construction area as a Homebuilder Partnership Manager for Florida.

As the world evolved in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, family dynamics prompted Yari to reassess her professional and family legacy. She knew it would soon be the right time to build her own brokerage.

Yari initially heard about NextHome through another agent.

“She was so enthusiastic about the company,” Yari recalled. “That level of excitement and praise coming from an agent was so unique, I knew I needed to look into NextHome. Once I started doing the research, I fell in love with the brand, and everyone from the corporate leadership to the agent was so friendly!”

Yari soon discovered why everyone at NextHome loved their company.

“NextHome actually practices what it preaches, which is Humans Over Houses,” Yari said. “There is a lot that has been lost in this industry, but this brand is defined by the consumer experience. Hands down, it was the Humans Over Houses approach that helped me know that NextHome was the perfect franchise fit.”

Today, Yari is leading NextHome Family 1st Realty into the future with that consumer-centric approach.

“We aren’t afraid to think outside the box to give the client exactly what they need,” Yari said. “Our clients can expect their experience to be personalized to their needs and their family – we put your family first. This means providing all the resources you might need under one roof.”

When she isn’t helping other families, Yari enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony, and their five daughters: Genesis (13), Angelique (11), Julianis (9), and twins Sofia and Sarah (4).

The family enjoys time at the oceanside and great conversation as they explore new restaurants together.

Please join us in congratulating Yari on the opening of NextHome Family 1st Realty in Kissimmee, Florida!


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Signature Properties expands in Western Washington

NextHome Signature Properties expands in Western Washington

Debbie Mitchell

Pleasanton, CA — May 28, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Signature Properties, based in Graham, Washington. The brokerage represents the 13th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 577th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Signature Properties is owned by Designated Managing Broker, Debbie Mitchell. Amanda Berteig will lead the brokerage’s day to day operations, including its sales and growth division.

Amanda started her real estate career as Debbie’s assistant and after much encouragement, Amanda obtained her real estate license in California and was the first agent to join NextHome Signature Properties in Granite Bay. Since obtaining her license in both Washington and California, Amanda has sold over $13.5 million in sales since joining the NextHome Family.  Because of Amanda’s strong commitment to family and the real estate industry, it was an easy choice to continue to support Amanda in the Northwest.

“As her designated broker, I could not be more proud of her accomplishments in the Northwest Region in such a short time,” said Debbie.

NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) will serve clients across Western Washington, including Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Tacoma, Renton, Thurston County, and the Seattle suburbs.

NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) builds on the success of Debbie’s first NextHome office based in Granite Bay, California. Since opening that initial office in 2018, Debbie has shattered already remarkable sales records. Last year, Debbie transacted more than $14 million in sales volume, making 2020 her best year ever. As a brokerage, NextHome Signature Properties also elevated the service level clients can expect in the Northern California real estate market.

“I work really hard to cultivate relationships with my clients before the sale,” Debbie said. “For me, humans over houses is a way of being.”

That people-first way of doing business is a legacy that Debbie and Amanda will continue to champion in Graham.

Debbie has been a top-producing REALTOR® in the Sacramento region for more than two decades. She picked up the business quickly, selling 10 homes in her first six months as a REALTOR®. From that point forward, she built her business by referral and has been selling at least $10 million annually ever since.

From 2008 to 2013, Debbie averaged more than 100 transactions per year.

After working for 18 years at a local franchised office, Debbie was ready to go out on her own and open a brokerage under the NextHome brand.

“After a lot of thought and preparation, it was time for me to open my own company and create a positive environment for career-oriented REALTORS®,” Debbie said. “I want our agents to feel like a valued person in addition to being a valued agent.”

NextHome was the perfect franchise fit.

“The No. 1 thing that sets NextHome apart is its leadership,” Debbie said. “From the top down, the people in this company are hands-on, approachable, easy to talk to, and I feel like we are all friends. NextHome’s proactive support makes it easier for me to focus on my clients.”

When not selling real estate, Mitchell and her husband of 38 years, Steve, enjoy heading to their cabin in Blue Canyon and spending time outdoors. The couple have two children and two grandchildren.

Please join us in congratulating Debbie and Amanda on the opening of NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) in Western Washington!


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Announces Strategic Partnership with BoomTown

NextHome Announces Strategic Partnership with BoomTown

Pleasanton, CA — May 27, 2021 — NextHome is proud to announce a new partnership with BoomTown, the leading cloud-based sales and marketing automation platform for real estate professionals. 

“For decades, BoomTown has been an online lead provider in residential real estate. Their model makes their lead cost lower than many competitors, and their automated mid-funnel follow-up system is very strong,” said NextHome’s Chief Strategy Officer, Keith Robinson.

BoomTown offers NextHomies the industry’s leading platform for generating and managing leads, with their Success Assurance program, responding to leads on behalf of agents 24/7, and nurturing for up to one year. As agents and brokers are busier than ever in today’s real estate climate, tools like these offer time savings, competitive edge, and proven results. 

“BoomTown has become a critical element of my NextHome offices, and every Broker should have it,” said Thomas Shumpert, Broker/Owner with NextHome Specialists in Columbia, South Carolina. “Beyond the lead generation opportunities they offer, the platform provides us with a turn-key, beautifully interactive website, and the ability to manage and coach agents in the company, and on my personal team, directly from the system dashboard.”

“NextHome empowers agents and brokers to provide excellent service without compromise, and we look forward to partnering with them to add more power to this mission and drive their team’s success,” said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. “They know their agents need to be the trusted source for guiding buyers and sellers, and we have the tools and technology to help them achieve this.”


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

May Economic Update

May Economic Update

Given the latest movement in the market, I thought it would be important to address inflation concerns.

Here you can see the Core CPI and CPI modeled together both rose sharply. 

Like all data, you can use this to tell two different stories. People like to paint the target they like around the arrow that’s been shot. 

Here is the first story:

Inflation is about to be out of control. “You can’t put this much money into the market and not have out-of-control inflation.” The problem is… we also said this in 2008 and it didn’t happen. This is the doom and gloom view of things. We’ve pumped so much money/stimulus into the system that the inflation spike will be severe and painful and that will stall out the economy across the board. 

The other side of the story is this: 

This is a spike in “transitional” inflation. This is a new one for me. I’ve been paying attention to financial markets for a long time and have not heard the phrase “transitional inflation.” But I actually think this is a good description of the other story. Which is this: we had a precipitous record drop in the economy when COVID-19 hit. We’ve all seen those graphs. Of course, there will be a snapback as we come out. More people are spending more money now. Supply and demand will make things more expensive. Also, the labor costs for various things because so many people were/are out of work will put upward pressure on prices.

Like a lot of early indicators, the key is not to overreact but to continue to pay attention. I expressed previously that I was concerned about inflation and it’s something I am paying attention to. But we need more data points. 

Oddly, what I am encouraged by is the market’s reaction. We’ve been in this (in my opinion) irrational exuberance cycle on the stock market. Bad news: the market goes up because that means the Fed will continue to give us cash. Good news: see the economy is back so let’s go! At least we’re seeing the market react appropriately to the news. 

NextHome and CMG Financial Launch NextMortgage, a New Mortgage Experience

NextHome and CMG Financial Launch NextMortgage, a New Mortgage Experience

Pleasanton, CA – May 6, 2021 – NextHome, the No. 1 real estate franchise, and CMG Financial, a national privately-held, mortgage banking firm, announce the launch of their new joint venture partnership, NextMortgage. 

NextMortgage will launch with offices in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky first with plans to continue expansion throughout the United States. The company will be a collaborative partnership centered around the very best loan officers with a focus on culture, guidance, knowledge, and educating consumers to make empowered real estate decisions.

NextHome is the No. 1 franchise in the U.S. across all categories for 2020 based on customer satisfaction. Their ethos as a company has been to put humans first and trust that the business will follow and grow by providing exemplary service to their franchisees. NextHome plans to carry that same mindset and approach to the mortgage business, by building a company with the same principles.

“It’s rare to find a mortgage company that shares our same vision and principles, but after meeting the team at CMG Financial, we knew they were the right partner to create an entirely new mortgage experience for the NextHome membership,” said NextHome CEO James Dwiggins. “We’re truly excited at the prospect of developing a simpler, concierge-based real estate experience by combining the very best real estate agents and loan officers in the business.”

Similarly, CMG Financial thrives because of its loan officer-centric culture, with leadership working together to support branches on the local level and deliver the tools they need to succeed. One of the advantages of the joint venture partnership with CMG Financial is that loan officers will gain access to nationwide operations support plus proprietary products available exclusively to CMG and its affiliates.  

First-time homebuyers can take advantage of HomeFundItTM, the down payment gifting platform, to accept and apply monetary gifts toward their down payment and buy a home sooner with a larger down payment.  

Experienced homeowners may benefit from the All In One LoanTM, a first lien HELOC that combines mortgage financing and banking to help homeowners pay off their mortgage faster and reduce the lifetime cost of mortgage interest, all while maintaining access to home equity as needed.     

“We are thrilled to be working with NextHome, a company that is dedicated to personalizing the real estate experience and believes in the individual over the deal. Here at CMG Financial, culture is crucial to the success of our company. Finding a like-minded partner helped shape the creation of NextMortgage – a new mortgage lender that is heavily focused on improving the overall home buying experience for all parties involved,” said Chris Harris, SVP Joint Venture Manager, the CMG Financial.


For more information about NextMortgage, contact Nancy Pattison at or visit

NextHome announces new Wisconsin brokerage

NextHome announces new Wisconsin brokerage

Mini Samuel

Pleasanton, CA — December 29, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Refined, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The brokerage represents the 16th office location opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 535th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Refined, licensed in both IL and WI will serve clients across Southeastern Wisconsin and Lake County, Illinois. Under the leadership of Broker/Owner Mini Samuel, who has her designations in Staging, Luxury Real Estate, Seniors Residential Real estate, and Short Sales and Foreclosures, NextHome Refined is well equipped to service a diverse group of clientele.

“Our vision is to provide white-glove service that is framed by the guiding principles of honesty, integrity and exceptional customer service exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Mini

Mini began her real estate career in 2003 to ensure she could be active in the lives of her two children. The majority of her first seven years in the business were spent with Shorewest Realtors before she opened her own brokerage in 2011 which she ran successfully for nine years.

Mini discovered the NextHome Franchise model in 2019 and was sold on their commitment to consumer-focused technology and unmatched marketing. 

“Their suite of offerings would help my vision of building a great team of agents as well as delivering white-glove service to all our clients,” said Mini.

Mini has been a co-owner of a NextHome franchise since early 2020. However, as her business expanded and her career evolved, Mini took advantage of an opportunity to be the sole owner of her own NextHome franchise.

Today, NextHome Refined is offering clients a new level of refinement when it comes to their selling and buying needs. For agents looking for a new career opportunity, NextHome Refined offers a dedicated broker who is passionate about education and agent success. 

“I believe in a simple formula: Hire top-notch people, train and support them and provide the latest tools and technology”

Mini believes it is important to be a part of the community you serve which is why she proudly supports local events and non-profits. Mini teaches English to adult learners at the Kenosha Literacy Council and is also a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She has recently partnered up with The Foster Closet of Kenosha where a portion of her commission goes to help children as they are placed into their Next Home. 

When she gets some downtime at home, Mini enjoys reading and catching up on her favorite shows. Her daughters, Amanda (25) and Ashlee (22) have grown up to be two very independent and strong women who she is immensely proud of.

Please join us in congratulating Mini on the opening of NextHome Refined in Kenosha, Wisconsin!


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

5 Ways to Handle Stress in a Real Estate Career

5 Ways to Handle Stress in a Real Estate Career

A real estate career can be interesting, exciting, challenging, rewarding, and stressful — sometimes all in the same day. In addition to dealing with all the moving parts of typical real estate transactions, real estate professionals find themselves responding to market and economic fluctuations and a variety of human emotions on a daily basis. Real estate is also a service-driven career with pressure to perform and please clients, creating another level of stress. Here are five tips that can help you avoid burnout:

1. Strive for balance.

It’s easy to slip into an all-work-and-no-play routine as a real estate professional. Between working around clients’ schedules, continuous access to technology, and staying on top of listings and transactions, you can quickly find yourself working around the clock. While you may have to tilt the scale in favor of your career when you’re starting out or during particularly busy seasons, it’s vital to find ways to maintain a wholesome work-life balance that enables you to relax, rewind, and recharge on a regular basis. If you’re finding it hard to find an equilibrium, try blocking out time on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis for family time, hobbies, getaways, fun, and self-care. You’ll find you’re a better real estate professional when you’re leading a well-rounded life.

2. Practice healthy habits.

Making your health a priority can help you handle stress better and boost your immune system. Eating a nutritious diet and making time for regular exercise can be beneficial for both your physical and mental health. It’s also important to build time in your schedule for regular physician visits and check-ups, as well as for dental and eye care. Making healthy choices each day will pay long-term dividends in your energy level and your ability to cope with stressful situations.

3. Stay focused.

When things get hectic, it’s easy to get distracted, which can lead to more stress. As much as possible, try to stay organized and prioritize the most important tasks that you need to accomplish each day. Keep a list of your short-term and long-term goals, and filter everything you’re doing through those lens. Concentrating on moving forward can often lead to a sense of accomplishment, which may lessen any pressure you’re feeling.

4. Reach out.

When things get tense at work, don’t be afraid to seek help. Use friends and family as sounding boards, or go to colleagues for advice. Other real estate professionals can often relate to your experiences and share how they’ve handled similar situations. Look for more experienced agents who might be willing to mentor you or network by attending local association meetings and workshops. If your anxiety persists or worsens, consider making an appointment with a professional counselor.

5. Be prepared.

Know in advance that things may be stressful, and prepare by doing your homework and planning a strategy for handling stressful or frustrating situations ahead of time. For example, American Home Shield® home warranties can help you keep transactions on track, reducing stress for you and your clients. In addition to offering important budget protection for your buyers and sellers, an AHS home warranty can help you mitigate home inspection issues, streamline transactions, and minimize post-closing involvement.

For more information about the benefits of American Home Shield home warranties for your clients and you, contact your American Home Shield Account Manager or call 888.776.4663.

DIY tips are for informational purposes only. Learn more from our partners at American Home Shield by checking out their blog.